Add, edit, and remove users in Backpack

In this article, learn how to add, edit, and remove users in your Backpack account.

Add users

If you are an owner or teacher in a Backpack account, you should have access to the user management page from your dashboard. Click the ... on your dashboard and then Manage people.

There are a few ways you can bring people in: adding individuals manually, inviting multiple users at once, sharing an invite link, or enabling automatic account creation.

By default, teachers can add users to the Backpack account. If you do not want teachers to add users, you can adjust this permission from your Backpack settings. Learn more.

Add a single user

  1. Click (...) > Manage People
  2. Click Add New User
  3. Select Add Single User for member registration:
  4. Fill in the user fields.

An email address is optional for student accounts.

The username is auto-generated but can be changed. The username has to be unique.

The password is auto-generated but can be changed. Please make sure it is at least 8 characters long.

Choose role student for student accounts and teacher for teacher accounts.

  1. Click ADD.

Add multiple users

  1. Select (...) > Manage People
  2. Click Add New User
  3. Press Add Multiple Users
  4. Enter user details following the format suggested. Or, follow these instructions to invite people with a CSV file.

Once added, students and teachers will get an email notification with details on how to join your organization.

By default, owners and teachers can invite users. Teachers can also edit student account details by default. However, only the owner can edit teacher account details and delete users. Learn more about roles.

Allow third-party login

Account owners can also allow self-registration for their organization by enabling Third-party Login for users. This way, users can use their school-issued email addresses for login. Most importantly, you just have to share your official backpack address (<myschool> for people to join your account.

  1. To turn on Google/Microsoft login, log into your unique Backpack account, a URL ending in (i.e.
  2. Then, click Settings on the bottom left > Organization info
  3. Use the dropdown box next to Enable third-party login to choose between Google or Microsoft (Office365) login
  4. Tick the box for Create Student Accounts Automatically and press SAVE

Sending out an invite link is the most convenient way to get people to join your organization. With links, you can add people without assigning usernames and passwords or filling out a spreadsheet. This is especially useful when inviting users in bulk with assigned user roles.

Owners/Admins can share invite links by performing the following steps:

  1. Select (...) > Manage People
  2. Click Add New User
  3. Select Invite Links
  4. Click the COPY button next to the designated role for the recipient.

Recipients will be prompted to sign up and their roles are automatically assigned based on the link they access.

Invite links do not expire but account owners have the option to disable invite link sharing and reset the URLs to control the registration to the Backpack account.

Edit users

Once a user is added, you can edit their display name, username, email, and role.

Edit a single user

From the user management page, click the row of the user you want to edit and then click edit. If you want to update their role, click the dropdown menu next to Role and select the correct role. Once you've updated the user, click save.

Edit multiple users' roles

If you want to edit the roles of multiple users, start by bulk selecting the users. You can either tick the boxes on each user's row, or you can click Bulk Select Users and upload a list of emails.

Once the users are selected, the Bulk Change Roles button will be enabled at the top. Click the button and confirm which role you want to assign to all of the selected users. Then click Change Roles.

Want to learn more about the difference between user roles? Learn more here.

Remove users

When a student or teacher leaves, the account owner may delete their user accounts. All padlets associated with the account will be deleted permanently so please proceed with caution.

Bulk delete users

  1. Sign in to Padlet Backpack
  2. Click (...) > Manage People
  3. Tick the box next to the user's View button. Once ticked, the Bulk Delete button on top will turn from gray to pink, indicating that it is clickable.
  4. Select Bulk Delete Users
  5. Finally, enter the 4-digit to confirm removal and press DELETE

Bulk assign user roles

Here is how to adjust user roles in bulk.

  1. Sign in to your Padlet Backpack account.
  2. On the homepage, click the three-dot ellipsis (...) > Manage People.

Yes, for now, the button for Bulk Change Roles button will be greyed out. Continue with step 3.

  1. Tick the designated boxes for the user.
  1. Once ticked, click or tap Bulk Change Roles.
  2. Choose the role you want for the selected users using the dropdown menu.
  3. Finally, click Change Roles.

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